Weekend Staycation: Charleston Plantation Tours
When you think of Charleston, South Carolina, a vision of majestic and vast estates are likely to come to mind. If you want to discover southern culture to the fullest, you will want to make it a point to book a plantation tour. Plantation tours are perfect for those who want a quick weekend getaway featuring an enriching cultural experience.
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall has earned the top spot for plantation tours year after year due to its distinction as one of the country’s oldest working farms. Built in the late 17th century by John Boone, the plantation has opened its doors to the public for tours since the 1960s. Besides touring the plantation, visitors can see the formal gardens, visit the butterfly pavilion, and take a coach tour around the grounds.
Built in 1670 and open to the public since 1870, the Magnolia Plantation was featured by Travel + Leisure Magazine on their list of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens.” Although the house is a highlight, the gardens are breathtaking with some of the sections dating back over 300 years. Besides the house and gardens, visitors can take a nature tour train ride through the property’s marshlands, wetlands, and forests. The tour also takes visitors past the slave cabins and Native American ceremonial mounds on the outskirts of the property.
Charles Towne Landing
Recognized as a historic landmark, this property is spread out over 600 acres and features a natural habitat zoo. Visitors love browsing around the restored village and checking out the wooden replica of a 17th century ship. The regional plants and flowers bloom all year long—making the spot ideal to bring a picnic lunch.
McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Although built later than many of Charleston’s historic plantations, erected in 1851, McLeod Plantation is still rich in culture and history. The sweeping aisle of oak trees that surround the estate are estimated to be hundreds of years old with the majestic McLeod Oak suspected to be at least 600 years old. Tours are offered for both the main house and slave quarters. Group tours are led by educators who will explain the cultural significance of the plantation’s complex history.
Middleton Place has many of the same aspects of other Charleston plantations: towering mansions, massive acreage, and gorgeous formal gardens. However, Middleton Place also has historical significance since the plantation’s founder was one of the original signors of the Declaration of Independence. There are also preserved ruins from buildings burned at the height of the Civil War.
Hilton Head Plantation
If you love Charleston, you’ll love The Cypress, located on our very own plantation, Hilton Head Plantation! Our continuing care facility is conveniently located in beloved Hilton Head, South Carolina. Our award-winning community is not only nearby famed southern plantations, but also within close proximity to gorgeous beaches. We pride ourselves on offering services and amenities most desired by the active adult. To learn more about our upscale and one of a kind campus, contact us today.